Hounslow publishes regen strategy

Hounslow Council has published its first Regeneration and Economic Development Strategy.

The strategy aims to attract new investment into the borough, while retaining and continuing the growth of existing businesses. It also hopes to drive development in creative sectors, particularly in digital and technology, producing high skilled, high quality jobs.

It also seeks to allow development for affordable housing, and the delivery of major public transport and community infrastructure.

The council hopes its strategy will help develop opportunities for local small businesses to work with larger businesses based in and around the borough.

These include the creative industries, such as media and broadcasting and the ICT and digital sectors, where Hounslow say they have the first and second highest concentration of jobs in London.

Community regeneration also features with plans for the building of new workspaces, parks and open spaces, and infrastructure. This would also incorporate new educational and health facilities and support business growth for the community.

The strategy aims to enable local people to become economically active, with support for the creation and retention of quality jobs in the borough for residents, and the provision of apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people.

Following the creation of the Hounslow Town Centre Housing Zone, and its £18m grant from the Mayor of London in 2015, Feltham Town Centre has also been designated a Housing Zone by the Greater London Authority (GLA).

This will mean a share of £200m with 10 other Housing Zones around London, allowing, hopes the council, the unlocking of  more housing development and facilities that benefit the community.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “We want to ensure Hounslow is a borough where people enjoy living and is also a fantastic place to invest and do business.

“Hounslow Council’s commitment to regeneration and economic development is already embedded in our services.”

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